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Frequently Asked Questions

The principal duty of Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) is, to compile data and information, and produce, publish and provide necessary.statistics in the areas the country needs.
TurkStat receives data from individuals, households, businesses via researches and censuses. Then analyze the data received and transform it into a statistical information. This statistical information is a reliable guide for all levels of society in decision making processes.
Furthermore, we prepare the Official Statistical Program including information about which description, methodology, concept and classification shall be used, and by which institution and how frequently it shall be compiled and published periodicity, in complience with other institutions. We, also, report the monitoring and assessment of the activities stated in Official Statistical Programme.

Official Statistics Program covers information on the definitions, methods, contents, classifications, and publication periodicity/schedule of the data and the institutions responsible for compilation and publication.

Official statistics are produced, disseminated and published by Turkish Statistical Institute and the institutes and organizations specified in Official Statistics Programme.

In case these institutes and organizations open the results of their research to public by media, they are bound to open also the coverage of the research, sampling method and sampling volume, the method of the data collection and time of application to public. Those persons and organs and representatives of special law legal persons who do not comply with these obligations are subject to fine.

You can access to the organization structure of Turkish Statistical Institute by this link: Organization Chart

The main duty of Statistical Council founded as an organ of Turkish Statistical Institute with the Statistical Law of Turkey No. 5429 and Article 601 of Presidential Decree No.4, published in the Official Gazette No. 30479 of 15 July 2018; Preparing and implementing the Official Statistics Program, making recommendations on the determination of the needs, evaluation, development and functions of official statistics, and conducting studies that include forward-looking opinions and suggestions.

Real persons and institutions and organisations from whom data and information are collected for production of official statistics are named as statistical units.

TurkStat Presidency has the authority to directly ask for every kind of data and information for the production of statistics from all statistical units in the form, period and standards specified, to research their accuracy, to control them and to ask for additional information and documents from those concerned (Statistical Law of Turkey Article 7).

Statistical units are obliged to submit any information or data fully, accurately and free of charge in the form, period and standards specified by TurkStat Presidency (Statistical Law of Turkey Article 8).

Those who fail to submit information requested or submit incomplete or incorrect information and in case no information is submitted or no correction/supplement is made in spite of a warning, real persons or organs and representatives of private law legal entities concerned are imposed administrative fines. Imposition of administrative fines or other punitive measures do not relieve the statistical unit concerned from its obligation to supply information (Statistical Law of Turkey Article 54).

Institutions and organisations are obliged without any charge to submit or open to use by the TurkStat Presidency records and other data files they compile, process and store for the production of official statistics, to form and update their national registry systems in line with standards defined by the TurkStat Presidency (Statistical Law of Turkey Articles 9 and 10).

Data appearing in any table format obtained through the consolidation of individual data is deemed confidential in case the number of statistical units in the box concerned less than three or in case one or two statistical units are dominant even if the number of statistical units in the box is three or more. Confidential data can be published only as combined with other data so as not to allow any direct or indirect identification. The confidential data compiled, processed and preserved for the production of official statistics cannot be delivered to any administrative, judiciary or military authority or person, can not be used for purposes other than statistics or as an instrument of proof (Statistical Law of Turkey Article 13).

Individual data may be provided to others with the written permission of the Presidency after obscuring those parts which may lead to direct or indirect identification and on the condition that such data is used in scientific studies without any reference to distinct statistical units (Statistical Law of Turkey Article 14).

There are several tools that will help you to access data you look for on our web site. 

Site Map: In this part, it is included all links of the titles on our web site. You may access the section by clicking the title you are interested in.

Search: In this part, by writing a topic or a key word to search engine, you may make query and you may access the title you want according to incoming results. 

Before you request data from our institute, you may have detailed information about our services by examining the "Information Request" title on our home page. When you cannot access the data, you may ask information from phone numbers +90 312 454 72 53-58 or apply by sending an e-mail to info@tuik.gov.tr.

You should subscribe to our web site and you should choose the headings of subjects that you want to be aware of. You will be sent new pres releases to your e-mail address regularly. In addition, you can get information about press releases in the context of Official Statistics Programme published previously, published on that day and to be published that year by Statistics Publication Calendar on our web site.

Sale of publications and CDs are made through Publications section on our web site. You can access to this information without subscribing to our site but you have to subscribe in case of purchasing. This is necessary for us to record the product you purchased and the delivery address of your receipt and for delivering the product to your address.

The tables on the website of TurkStat are in the form of MS-Excel and I cannot see the tables because I do not use MS-Excel, what should I do?